I had a microdiscectomy 10 days ago (L5-S1) and am in more pain than before the surgery. My leg pain is about the same as before and my back pain is worse. What I am having trouble figuring out is how much of the pain is due to the surgery itself and how much is from the old back pain? For the first few days it was easy to tell as the pain was intense, and made worse when I got in and out of bed or a chair. How does one tell?
Overall I have experienced only modest day over day improvement from day 5 to day 10 (today) and I think any incremental relief each day is from the healing, offset by the nerve pain in my leg. Is this normal? What about all the stories I heard about feeling better within days?
My latest episode started a year ago and during the first 9 months the pain was 90% back and 10% leg, while the 3 months leading up to my surgery was almost exclusively down my leg in in my buttock.
As an aside, the recommended surgery was for the microdiscectomy along with a short spinal fusion, but after multiple rejections and arguments with my insurance company for over a month I decided to at least get some relief and get the microdiscectomy.